It’s December! And the Count Down Begins! Top 5 Christmas Movies Ever!

We are one of those rare families left that doesn’t start celebrating, decorating, or even discussing Christmas until, well, after Thanksgiving!  I love Christmas with all the bright lights, the pretty decorations, the gift giving, and the family time!  But it has it’s place in the year, and that place is the entire month of December!

And we actually celebrate all month in different ways.  We begin decorating on December 1st (although this year, I did jump the gun by a couple of days because I snagged the last WHITE tree at Walmart), and we continue decorating for the entire month.  We craft, we hang snowflakes, we sing Christmas songs, and we discuss the true meaning of Christmas!
But one of our favorite Christmas month activities is sitting down as a family and watching all of the fabulous, heartwarming, and funny movies that are on only at this time of year!  We all have our favorites, but I’d like to go ahead and share my personal Top 5 Christmas movies EVER according to Christy!

Number 5:  How The Grinch Stole Christmas.  The 2000 Ron Howard/Jim Carrey version of course!  Who wouldn’t enjoy this classic tale with the movie’s modern-day flair and humor?  And each time I watch it, I swear my heart grows 3 sizes that day!  And I get to giggle a whole bunch too!

Number 4:  Miracle on 34th Street.  Either version is worthy of being on my list but I personally prefer the 1994 version over the 1947 classic.  Its probably quite obvious, but I believe in Santa Claus.  This movie proves his existence.  You can’t argue with a good movie!  Case closed!
Number 3:  Holiday Inn.  I know, it’s not actually a Christmas movie but that’s when I watch it!  And yes, I do mean the 1942 Irving Berlin classic here starring the infamous Bing Crosby (my favorite crooner EVER) and the awesome dance moves of Fred Astaire.  This movie might be OLD but its a winner in my book.  It was a simpler place and time.  They had fun, they knew how to throw a great shindig, and everyone was always smiling, singing, and dancing!
Number 2:  White Christmas.  Yes, again with the 1954 classic.  I told you I’m a sucker for an old classic and in this heart-warming tale starring Bing Crosby (have I told you how much I love him yet?) and Danny Kaye, I laugh, I cry, and I remember the true meaning of giving.  This isn’t just a movie, its a life lesson!  It’s a VERY CLOSE second to my all-time #1 favorite Christmas movie ever.
Number 1:  ELF.  Quite arguably the best movie ever made!  This 2003 gem starring Will Ferrell is so quotable, so hysterical, and so full of fun, how could you not love it?  And I cry through the whole thing!  Tears of laughter throughout, and somehow tears of joy at the end!  Brilliant! We watch this one at least 20 times throughout the month of December.  I own it just in case it doesn’t air enough!  Don’t be an angry elf, go out and get your copy today!
So there you have it folks!  That’s my list.  If you haven’t watched all of the above, I highly recommend that you do!  
I’d love to hear some of your family’s favorites as well!  Happy December everyone!  Welcome to the month of Christmas!  I think this will be the best one ever! 

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  1. If you had a smart phone you could download the free Buddy the Elf soundboard. Perfect for annoying the heck out of friends and family at holiday parties. :)

  2. What? No Christmas Story?? That would be my favorite.

  3. Jules Cohn says:

    Oh fun! My top five are:

    White Christmas
    Meet Me in St. Louis
    It’s A Wonderful Life
    Santa Claus (with Tim Allen)
    The Polar Express
    National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (Okay, so this was six…sue me!) :)

  4. clgossett says:

    CALL MY ATTORNEY NOW! LOL…glad to have you add to the list. How in the world did I skip It’s a Wonderful Life? FAIL!

  5. clgossett says:

    Not one of my favs but it is funny! A lot of people are chiming in on FB saying the same thing!

  6. clgossett says:

    that’s in the works but may have to wait until after “elf” season!

  7. Lisa Harris says:

    number 5: Miracle on 34th
    number 4: Santa Claus
    number 3, 2, and 1….It’s a Wonderful Life!!! I love this movie so much.

  8. clgossett says:

    WOW…that’s a lot of lovin’ for one movie! I love it too! I probably should have done a top 10! There are SOOO many good ones this time of year!

  9. ELF is definitely one of my favorite Christmas movies!! Will Ferrell is hilarious in it!

  10. Elf, A Christmas Story, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE! (Which is my favorite movie ever, if you can’t tell)
    Happy Holidays, Christy. :)

  11. SaltLizard says:

    I’m going to need to throw in Planes, Trains and Automobiles. I think it was about Thanksgiving, but still a late year Holiday – trying to get home to the family. Candy and Martin. Also very quotable.

  12. clgossett says:

    My list is growning :) And back at you Dawn!

  13. clgossett says:

    Yea that was pretty funny! Forgot about that one! And I’m adding Good Luck Charlie’s new Christmas special to my list. Yes that is official. I love that family (very much like my own) and it’s funny and a little sappy. 2 of my favorite things!

  14. Amy @ Social Studies Momma says:

    Will Ferrell rubs me the wrong way. I know, I’m strange. It’s A Wonderful Life is probably my all time favorite. White Christmas with Bing Crosby is certainly on that top five. I also love Shrek the Halls. I laughed so hard I cried. Rudolph is great but only if I catch it on TV. I think it brings back memories from when I was little, lol! Thanks for sharing your list !!

  15. Glad to read you were able to get your white Christmas tree. Love your movie picks. I have to say that ‘ELF’ is one of our favorite movies as a family. Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad :)

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